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2015 NPAW Events
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2015 Schedule of Events
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Alabama Birmingham

National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) events at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB):


Saturday, September 19, 2015: Family Zoo Day

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Bring your family and join your fellow postdocs for a fun
day at the Birmingham Zoo.


Monday, September 21, 2015: UAB Postdocs Rock

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Meet some UAB postdocs who are doing amazing things
and making a difference. Volker Hall Room C - lunch will be served.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015: Postdoc Appreciation Lunch

11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Bring your mentor and join us to thank you for all you do
as a postdoc at UAB. Awards will be presented. The Edge of Chaos - lunch will be served.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015: Coffee and Breakfast

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Stop by Shelby or Volker Hall and grab a quick breakfast
to start your day off right


Thursday, September 24, 2015: Have a ball!

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Bring the family or a friend and join us at the UAB Recreation Center for a great time for the whole family. Snacks will be served.


Friday, September 25, 2015: Beyond the End of the Road: Career Options for PhDs

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Keith Micoli, Ph.D., chair of the NPA and UAB Alum. BBRB 170 - lunch will be served.


UAB Postdoc Appreciation Week is sponsored by: The Office of Postdoctoral Education, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, Cystic Fibrosis Center, Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education, & The Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone and Autoimmunity Center, UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center Postdoctoral. Download the flier here.

The University of California, Berkeley will hold a dinner reception for its postdocs on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at the Bancroft Hotel. Live music, good food and libation will help celebrate the achievements of our postdocs. Additionally, they provide a $2000 to the winner of the Postdoc Leadership Award. This is a prize that is given to a postdoc who has been nominated by another postdoc for going above and beyond their scientific duties.   Finally, they will award a $3000 prize to a faculty member who is nominated by their postdocs for having provided Faculty Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring.
For NPAW the University of California, Irvine PDA will be hosting a postdoc appreciation week kickoff event on Monday, September 21, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in Natural Sciences 2 room 2201. They will be doing giveaways and holding elections for the new board. On Friday, September 25, 2015, they will be hosting a joint fall fiesta at Verano Community Center from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. featuring a taco truck and raffle prizes.

La Jolla

Be sure to check out these NPAW events taking place at The Scripps Research Institute

Monday, September 21, 2015: Seated Chair Massages - Postdocs can sign up for a free 10-minute chair massage on Monday, September 21 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Hazen Theory Building, 1st floor

Tuesday, September 22, 2015: Social Media Photo Lab - Complimentary professional photos for your LinkedIn/social media profile will be offered from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Hazen Theory Building, 1st floor, to the first 30 postdocs who register.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015: Society of Fellows (SoF) Lighting Talks - Participate in the 2nd annual Lightning Talk Competition brought to you by the Society of Fellows and the SOS Toastmasters! Keck Amphitheater, Beckman Building , 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 24, 2015: CPSO Open House, Ice Cream Social and Raffle! Career & Postdoctoral Services Office invites you to an ice cream social and open house! Enter for your chance to win some fabulous prizes. Hazen Theory building, 1st floor, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 24, 2015: Ph.D. Movie 2 Screening - Join the Society of Fellows for a screening of the much anticipated PhD Movie 2! Light refreshments will be provide. Keck Amphitheater, Beckman Building, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 25, 2015: SoF General Meeting - The SoF serves to enhance your postdoc experience but needs your support! Join SoF for lunch and hear all the SoF has to offer, and how you can get involved! Keck Amphitheater, Beckman Building, 12:00 p.m.

Friday, September 25, 2015: SoF-SSI Joint Happy Hour! SoF is hosting a joint happy hour with the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI). Come out and learn how you can go green! Refreshments provided. Faculty Club, 5:00 p.m.
    Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Medical Discovery Institute will be celebrating NPAW with these events:


Postdoc Appreciation BBQ

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Chairmen’s Hall Patio

The SBP Science Network would like to say thank you for your efforts with a sweet treat! Join them for Custom Ice Cream Sandwiches by The Baked Bear!

Postdoc Appreciation BBQ

Friday, September 25, 2015

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Chairmen’s Hall Patio

Join your fellow postdocs, OTAS, and some appreciative PIs as they serve you lunch! 


Afternoon Coffee and Smoothie Truck

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Exact location TBA

Celebrate with us again!  Take an afternoon break to socialize, and grab a hand-crafted coffee beverage or a fruit smoothie at Cappuccino in the Park’s mobile coffee truck.  They will be on campus just for you!  Please let them know the likelihood of your attendance.


These events are sponsored by the Office of Training and Academic Services and the Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Science Network.


La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology hosted an ice cream social on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Join them for an ice cream sundae and show your support and appreciation for their wonderful postdocs and all of the amazing work they do!

  Los Angeles

At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, they have several events to celebrate NPAW.  They include:


Open house

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

Resources, refreshments, freebies and prizes for the whole research community!


Career development seminar

Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 12:00 p.m.


Networking social

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 3:00 p.m.


The lineup of NPAW festivities at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles:


Monday, September 21, 2015

Using Your Authentic Voice: Practical Tips for Professional Communication

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Saban Building 1st floor auditorium  

Gretchen Hydo, life and business coach at Any Lengths Life Coaching. Topics include: developing your authentic voice and identifying communication blocks. Lunch provided.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Essentials of Public Speaking

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Smith Research Tower room 2

Llewellyn Cox, Ph.D., cofounder & CEO, Lab Launch. Topics include: conveying info with voice and body, identifying audience, PowerPoint 101. Enrollees will be asked to prepare a brief assignment in advance of this interactive workshop. Coffee, dessert.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mentoring: Evolving to Address a New Job Market

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saban Building 1st floor auditorium

A panel discussion with faculty mentors. Lunch provided to the first 70 attendees.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ice Cream Party! 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Anita S. Watson courtyard, Saban Building 

Stop in for “a delicious experiment” with Ice Cream Lab. Ice cream for the first 40 attendees. 


Friday, September 25, 2015

Happy Hour!

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Anita S. Watson courtyard


The University of Southern California (USC) PDA and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs celebrates NPAW with a number of events!

Health Sciences Campus Postdoctoral Orientation

Monday, September 21, 2015

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
HSC ZNI Herklotz conference room, 1st floor

Learn about your benefits and resources at USC.


Mentoring Panel

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Hear from award-winning faculty mentors during the mentoring panel. Meet your fellow postdocs during the networking lunch scheduled after the orientation.



12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Grant Writing Workshop

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

HSC ZNI Herklotz conference room, 1st floor

Led by grant recipients Mike Bienkowski, Kishore Challagundla, Michaela Patterson, and Erin Weber


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Main Campus Postdoctoral Orientation
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

UPC, University Club scriptorium, 2nd floor

Learn about your benefits and resources at USC.


Mentoring Panel

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Hear from award-winning faculty mentors during the mentoring panel. Meet your fellow postdocs during the networking lunch scheduled after the orientation.


Taco Tuesday Lunch

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

University Club patio


Essentials of Public Speaking

1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CHLA Smith Research Tower 200

With Llewellyn Cox. Coffee, dessert, and parking validation provided


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mindful Meditation Workshop

10:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.

Engemann Student Health Center Trojan conference room 101, first floor

Led by Sindhu Shetty and Angie Mendoza


International Postdoctoral Orientation

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


We’ll cover immigration matters, American culture, communication barriers, transitioning and navigating life in the U.S. Our speakers include representatives from The USC Office of International Services (OIS), USC Orientation, and the USC PDA. The orientation will be followed by happy hour at USC Tradition’s (UPC).


Alternative Careers Panel

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Are you wondering what other jobs are available to you if you leave academia? Join our us for a panel discussion with recent industry hires.


Networking happy hour

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

USC Tradition’s

Drinks and appetizers provided


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Mindful Movement Workshop

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

UPC, ESH 101

Led by Kim Lipkinski and Yervan Hadjian


How to Fund Your Research: Tips and Opportunities at NSF

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Law and Social Sciences - UPC, Law School Building

Special workshop by USC Center for Excellence in Research


Networking Cocktails party (BYOB)

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Gamble House 4 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA 91103

Compete for an iPad photo contest judging


30th anniversary outdoor film screening of Back to the Future II

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Gamble House


Friday, September 25, 2015

Trip to Catalina Island to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island

Tentative program:
7:45 a.m.: Departure time. Snacks will be provided

9:15 a.m.: Estimated arrival at Catalina

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Welcome by Roberta Marinelli, Ph.D., director of the
Wrigley Marine Science Center Overview of Wrigley Marine Science Center, lab tours (including Aquaponics and touch tanks), waterfront orientation and a nature hike.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: A special BBQ lunch + BYOB

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Choose your activity: snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, or just relaxing

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.: Tour of USC Hyperbaric Chamber

3:30 p.m.: Departure for the mainland USC


Download the flier.


NPAW events sponsored by theCaltech PDA:

JPL Postdoc Research Day Poster Session Award Ceremony and Presentations

Tueday, September 22, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Jet Propulsion Lab, 180-101

Faculty-Postdoc Social

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Beckman Courtyard

JPL Tour

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Caltech Teaching Conference

Thursday, September 24, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Beckman Institute

Improv Workshop with Hollywood Actors

Thursday, September 24, 2015

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Avery Library

CPA Annual Picnic

Sunday, September 27, 2015

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tournament Park

  San Diego
In addition to the regular professional development programming, the following are special events offered to postdocs at the University of California, San Diego in celebration of postdoc appreciation month!

Applying for U.S. jobs after your postdoc experience: What to consider if you are on a visa

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Leichtag Building, room 107

In this seminar, presented by Roark Miller, director of the International Faculty & Scholar Office, you will learn about potential pitfalls of current visa classifications you may be in, to better avoid them; discuss the topic of employment authorization in the context of the job application and interview setting; consider how to research prospective employers and their willingness to sponsor internationals; and strategize for the long term goal of permanent residency. Register HERE


3rd Annual Postdoc Research Symposium

Monday, September 14, 2015

9:00 a.m.  – 11:30 a.m.

Price Center, Ballrooms A & B


You are invited to attend and learn about the research being conducted by your fellow postdocs at UC San Diego, one of the premier research institutions in the world.  In addition, connect with your peers, faculty and industry professionals at this symposium organized by PDA.


Postdoc Appreciation Luncheon and Award Ceremony

12:00 p.m.  – 2:00 p.m.

Price Center, Ballroom B

This annual event is an opportunity to thank you for your contributions to research and being an important member of the UC San Diego community. Enjoy lunch, the comradery and support the recipients of the Best Mentor, Best Postdoc, and Research Symposium awards. This year we have the pleasure and honor of professor Stephen Mayfield, director of the California Center for Algae Biotechonology; Food & Fuel for the 21st Century as our keynote speaker. Check in will begin at 11:45 a.m. and you will need to bring your ticket for admittance.  Please note that a ticket does not guarantee your spot as you need to arrive in a timely manner. Register HERE  (**Registration Required**)


Postdoc Health & Wellness: Tools to Stay Focused During Stressful

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Student Services Center, room 300

Hosted by the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs in partnership with the UC San Diego Faculty Staff Assistance Program, this informal monthly series addresses different issues postdocs face in training and provides tools to address those challenges. Postdocs face a lot of challenges, which may cause stress and uncertainty.  This month's topic, "Tools to Stay Focused During Stressful” will share tools on how to manage stress and discuss the available resources at UC San Diego. Register HERE (**Registration Required**)


Postdoc Happy Hour and Networking Social: 32 North Brewing Co.

5:30 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.

32 North Brewing Co. (8655  Production Ave. - 2 blocks north of Miramar).

Come enjoy a cold Cali craft brew & food (veggie options too!) and meet postdocs from across the Torrey Pines Mesa at 32 North Brewing Co. Free drink coupons for the first 50 postdocs to check in! Organized by your PDA. Register HERE! Need a ride? Organize carpools HERE.


After you Hit 'Submit'! Scientific Publishing from the Journal's Perspective

Thursday, September 17, 2015

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Main Campus, Geisel Library, Seuss room

Brought to you by Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs, Career Services Center, Library Resources and Elsevier, this workshop will be presented on main UC San Diego campus and later on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus. George Woodward, STM journal division publisher, will enlighten you about the publication process, the role of publishers and editors and how authors can increase their chances of successful publication! Refreshments provided by Elsevier will also be served. Register HERE (**Registration Required**)


4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Campus, Eckart Building, Sea Cave Room

Register HERE (**Registration Required**)


Postdoc Individual Development Plan Workshop

Thursday, September 24, 2015

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Medical Education & Telemedicine (MET) Building, Room 223

If you’re a postdoc, you should have an IDP. If you’re funded by NIH, you should have an IDP. To learn how to create this dynamic document that identifies career goals and manages your career development, come to this month’s IDP workshop. The faculty facilitators will be 2014 Best Postdoc Mentor Award recipient, Don Cleveland, Distinguished Prof. of Cellular & Molecular Medicine and Dorothy Sears, professor of endocrinology. Register HERE (**Registration Required**)


Postdoc Open House

Friday, September 25, 2015

1:00 p.m.  – 3:00 p.m.

Multipurpose Room in Student Services Center


Co-sponsored by Postdoctoral & Visiting Scholar Affairs and Postdoctoral Association, this event brings together campus resources for postdocs, including Alumni Relations, Center for Engaged Teaching, Extension, Faculty & Staff Assistance Program, GrAdvantage, International Office, Payroll (expertise on visas), Rady and Research & Library Resources. Come enjoy sweet refreshments (there will be a deluxe ice cream bar) and enter the drawing to win prizes (must be a UCSD postdoc and present to win)!  Professional portrait photobooth will be available on a first come, first served basis, free of charge! Please bring your UCSD Postdoc ID for photobooth (open 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.). 

  San Francisco

Events happening at The Gladstone Institutes for NPAW 2015:


Monday, September 21, 2015:Get to know your Gladstone postdoctoral advisory committee over an ice cream social

Conference room C and D

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Get to know your Gladstone postdoctoral advisory committee members (GPAC), their goals, missions, achievements and how to join GPAC over a celebratory ice cream from “It’s It,” a San Francisco tradition. Gladstone postdocs welcome.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015: Put Your Science To Work – Practical Advice and Proven Techniques to Land the job of your Dreams

Mahley auditorium, Conference room A and B simulcast

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Career seminar with speaker Peter Fiske, Ph.D. Open to Gladstone postdocs, UCSF postdocs, and Gladstone graduate students.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015: Barbecue Lunch

Back patio

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Celebratory postdoc lunch with barbecue catered from Moffitt’s: Come and enjoy a relaxing lunch with your PIs and friends. Gladstone postdocs and PIs invited.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015: ExCITe workshop: The Art of Networking

Conference room C and D

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Are you interested in learning the right means to network? Come and learn the do’s and don’ts in an effective networking session with speaker Michael Penn, Ph.D., vice president of Outreach, Diversity and Mentoring, Gladstone Institutes. Gladstone postdocs and graduate students invited.


Thursday, September 24, 2015: Launch of Career Exploration and Mentorship: Using a Peer support system

Conference room C and D
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Are you an early career scientist looking to explore your future career and need motivation and help? Gladstone is launching a career exploration program that will connect like-minded postdocs to work together to learn more about their career options and what is required to achieve their career goals. We will provide a framework for creating a peer team - a small group of peers who will meet regularly, to share what they are learning, to challenge each other, and to keep each other motivated. We will borrow principles and practices from UCSF’s MIND program, to set you up for successful self-exploration and ultimate realization of your career goals. If you are interested, please come to our launch where we will walk you through the process, expectations and set up peer groups.



1. Attend the networking workshop on Wednesday

2. Be self-motivated and committed.


The speaker will be Elizabeth Silva, Ph.D., program director, MIND program, UCSF and Sudha Krishnamurthy, B.D.S, Ph.D., program director, OPGA, Gladstone Institutes. Gladstone postdocs and graduate students should attend. Please contact Sudha Krishnamurthy for any questions about this program.


Friday, September 25, 2015:  Gladstone-UCSF postdoc social

Lobby, Gladstone Institutes
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Increased collaboration with UCSF and for networking and celebrating. Open to Gladstone postdocs and UCSF postdocs (Mission Bay).

    The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is so proud of and grateful to its 1,100 postdocs. In their honor they are hosting a wide variety of activities:


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Graduate Division Fall Festival BBQ and Faculty-Postdoc Soccer Game


Monday, September 21, 2015

Free seven-day pass

UCSF Fitness Centers will send a free seven-day pass to all postdocs, who can use it for any seven-day period from September 21 - October 31.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Postdoc Appreciation Breakfast at Mission Bay


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Postdoc Appreciation Breakfast at Parnassus


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ice Cream Social at Parnassus


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ice Cream Social at Mission Bay


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Climbing Wall Open House at Mission Bay


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Happy Hour and Networking Blast

For postdocs and postdoc alums sponsored by the Graduate Division Alumni Association and Office for Postdoctoral Scholars


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Elevator Speech Workshop

Mission Bay

With lunch (simulcast to Parnassus with lunch and in-person facilitators)


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Professional Photography

Mission Bay

By Cindy Chew. Headshots for postdocs @$10/person – to be used for LinkedIn and other professional purposes


Thursday, September 24, 2015


Parnassus Cole Hall

By pianist Jeffrey LaDeur dedicated to postdocs, with lunch (simulcast to Mission Bay Rock Hall with lunch)


Friday, September 25, 2015

Professional Photography


By Cindy Chew. Headshots for postdocs @$10/person


PI competition

PIs have been invited to celebrate their postdocs during NPAW and to use #UCSFPostdocsRock to document their activities. We are encouraging postdocs, graduate students, and other staff to send text and pictures using this hashtag; text must identify the lab name. Top 3 winners in terms of creativity and # of tweets, instagrams, and postings to Facebook, will win a pizza party for their lab sometime during the fall quarter.


Chancellor Sam Hawgood will send a message encouraging the campus community to celebrate UCSF postdocs.


UCSF NPAW Facebook page:

UCSF Office for Postdoctoral Scholars page about events:


2015 NPAW events from Stanford University:


Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

AOERC Climbing Wall

Drop-in open hours: Monday, September 21, 2015 & Wednesday, September 23, 2015: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Tuesday, September 22, 2015 & Thursday, September 24, 2015: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Friday, September 25, 2015: 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, September 26, 2015: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 27, 2015: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

No experience necessary. Shoes available for rent, but not required. Bring your Stanford ID to enter the building. Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) and Stanford Athletics - Physical Education and Recreation.


Ice Cream Social with SURPAS

Monday, September 21, 2015

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.           

School of Medicine Dean's Lawn

Sign up HERE. Sponsored by the Stanford University Postdoctoral Association (SURPAS).


Drop-in Belay Lessons - Indoor Rock Climbing

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Wednesday, September 23, 2015, and Thursday, September 24, 2015. Sessions at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

AOERC Climbing Wall

No experience necessary. Shoes available for rent, but not required. Bring your Stanford ID to enter the building. First-come, first-served for these sessions; limit six postdocs per lesson. Sponsored by OPA and Stanford Athletics - Physical Education and Recreation.


Postdoc Academic Chat

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

First of the 2015-16 session. Sign up HERE. Sponsored by OPA.


Docent Led Outdoor Sculpture Walk

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Sign up HERE. Sponsored by OPA.


Fitness Class: Jungle Gym

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.           

Sign up HERE. Sponsored by OPA and Stanford Athletics - Physical Education and Recreation.


Docent Led Tour of Cantor Arts Center

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Sign up HERE. Sponsored by OPA.


Bring Your Kids to Work with SURPAS

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.           


More information & sign up HERE. Sponsored by SURPAS.


Fitness Class: Cardio Dance

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sign up HERE. Sponsored by OPA and Stanford Athletics - Physical Education and Recreation.


Fitness Class: Indoor Cycling

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.               

Sign up HERE. Sponsored by OPA and Stanford Athletics - Physical Education and Recreation.


Fitness Class: Yoga

Thursday, September 24, 2015

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.         

Sign up HERE. Sponsored by OPA and Stanford Athletics - Physical Education and Recreation.


Docent Led Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hanna House

Thursday, September 24, 2015

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Sign up HERE. Sponsored by OPA.


Postdoc Mixer & BBQ

Thursday, September 24, 2015

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Sign up HERE. Deadline to register for this event: noon on Monday, September 21. Sponsored by OPA & SURPAS.


Docent Led Tour of Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden

Friday, September 25, 2015

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Sign up HERE. Sponsored by OPA.


Volleyball Tournament & Happy Hour with SURPAS

Friday, September 25, 2015

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Mudd Lawn

More information. Sign up HERE. Sponsored by SURPAS.


Caltrain* PubCrawl with SURPAS

Saturday, September 26, 2015

12:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Starts at Palo Alto Caltrain

*Caltrain GoPass for Postdocs. More information & sign up HERE. Sponsored by SURPAS.


SF Bay Sailing Trip with SURPAS

Sunday, September 27, 2015

12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Pier 39 in SF

This event is FULL. Sponsored by SURPAS.


On-Going Educational Programs for Postdocs

September 2015

For more information click HERE. Sponsored by OPA.

Colorado Denver Here are the events planned by the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus postdoctoral association (PDA):


Coffee and Pastries

Monday, September 21, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Academic office bldg

Dean’s conference room


Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In front of building 500

Free Em’s Ice Cream!


Happy Hour

Thursday, September 24, 2015

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Cedar Creek Pub


The PhD Movie

Friday, September 25, 2015

Doors at 4:00 p.m., movie at 4:30 p.m.

Hensel Phelps West Auditorium

Free popcorn!

New Haven

TheYale Postdoctoral Association is excited to be hosting an international potluck dinner party to celebrate the NPAW 2015 and our association official launch. The dinner party will be held on Friday, September 25, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Office of International Students and Scholars, located at 421 Temple Street, New Haven CT. Please join us for a night of fun, food and fellowship! Bring an ethnic or favorite dish to share with your fellow postdocs, family and friends, and feel free to come dressed in an ethnic costume if you wish! This is a family-friendly event.

We encourage you to register on our sign-up sheet before Friday, September 18 to let us some time to accommodate every participants. Let us know what dish you can bring (dish should serve 4-5 people) and how many guests will accompany you. 

We are very excited about this kickoff event and are looking to you to help make it a huge success! You can find more information and the registration link at


The University of Connecticut is joining with institutions across the country to celebrate postdoctoral scholarship as a vital part of its institution’s research and education mission!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 9:30 a.m. HBL 1947: Strategies for Real Networking

Presenter: Kay Gruder, Career Consultant, Center for Career Development

This session is for you if you can answer "yes" to one or more of the following questions:

  • Do you have a LinkedIn profile and don't know what to do with it?
  • Do you go to conferences and leave without having new connections and professional relationships to develop?
  • Do you feel awkward contacting others because you don't want to be a bother?

In this session you will gain insights into how to engage in LinkedIn, strategies for maximizing your networking at conferences, and a sense about networking etiquette.

Friday, September 25, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., SU 304 B: Postdoc Data Blitz and Luncheon

Luncheon Keynote speaker: Melanie Sinche, NCC, Director of Education, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine


Topic: “But I Have No Skills!” Debunking Myths and Exploring Career Options for PhDs


Come hear 10 of UConn’s talented postdocs each present their research in five minutes. The purpose of the data blitz is to familiarize fellow postdoc researchers and the broader UConn campus community with the research being conducted by postdocs at UConn. The data blitz session will be followed by a luncheon and speaker.
District of Columbia    

The University of Florida is holding three events to celebrate NPAW.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Coffee Hour

8:00 a.m.

Starbucks at the Sun Terrace (outside patio north of the food court) in the Health Science Center


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Social Media Photo Lab

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

First come, first serve – but you MUST SIGN UP for a session at You will go to the studio at UF photography and have about 10 minutes for a professional photo and selection of the photo you’d like to have to use for social media accounts or other professional uses. This event is held at no cost to those who sign up.


Friday, September 25, 2015

Happy Hour/Live Music

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Whiskey House – 60 SW 2nd St

Jupiter Be sure to check out these NPAW events taking place at The Scripps Research Institute:

Monday, September 21, 2015: Social Media Photo Lab - Society of Research Fellows is organizing a social media photo lab with a professional photographer from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Classroom B158

Tuesday, September 22, 2015: Seated Chair Massages - Free 10-minute chair massages for postdocs from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Appointments are first-come, first-served! Conference room B387

Wednesday, September 23, 2015: Art of Negotiation Workshop by Dr. Pushpa Murthy (COACh facilitator) co-sponsored with the graduate program from 1:oo p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in B159

Thursday, September 24, 2015: PhD Comics 2 Movie screening with food co-sponsored with the graduate program from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in A116

Friday, September 25, 2015: Ice Cream Social and Raffle co-sponsored with Education Outreach Department from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Scripps Café

The Postdoctoral Programs Office at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine is excited to announce the 7th Annual Postdoctoral Fellows Research Day Friday, September 18, 2015. This is a great way to share your research, practice your presentation skills, and learn about the research of your postdoctoral colleagues.

Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday, September 6, 2015

To submit your abstract please complete the attached abstract submission form. Please adhere to the following guidelines.

  • Use only 10-12 point Times New Roman for the entire submission.
  • The abstract is limited (excluding title, author and affiliations) to 250 words. Long abstracts will be truncated at 250 words.
  • Make sure all lines are single spaced and aligned left.
  • Only electronic submission will be accepted.

Information for Poster Sessions

General information for all poster session presenters:

  • All poster boards will be set-up in front of the Lois Pope LIFE Center, Quadrangle Area.
  • Poster set-up will be from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Posters will be available for viewing from 11:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Postdoctoral Programs Seminar 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Presenters are to be available to discuss their research from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • The dimensions of your poster cannot exceed 4 x 6 feet.
  • Push pins will be provided to display each poster
  • The 3 best posters will be awarded a prize and certificate

Abstract are to be submitted to Santos I. Cayetano at by Sunday, September 6, 2015.


Abstract/Poster Preparation Guidance Links:

Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Medical Discovery Institute has a number of events planned for 2015 NPAW:


Workshop: Top 10 Ways to Succeed as a Postdoc

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

Magic I/II

Meet the new OTAS Manager, Nisha Cavanaugh, Ph.D., whose role at SBP will be focused on career and professional development for postdocs!  In this workshop she will share information she has gained through first-hand experience as both a postdoc herself and through her work in advising postdocs at North Carolina State University to success. 


Speaker: Nisha Cavanaugh, Ph.D.,Manager, Postdoctoral and Special Programs, Office of Training & Academic Services, SBP


Postdoc Appreciation Luncheon

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET


Join your fellow postdocs, Diane, Doug, and Nisha and enjoy an informal lunch in your honor. 


Workshop: Immigration Update and Overview – Planning Your Stay in the U.S.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

Magic I/II

Through this workshop, we hope to provide attendees with an understanding of the immigration process and what they need to consider during their postdoc and beyond to reach their personal and professional goals.


Speaker: Doug Broadhurst, M.A., Manager, International Office, Office of Training & Academic Services, SBP


Postdoc Appreciation Reception

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET


Continue celebrating NPAW at a reception with beverages and hot hors d’ouevres.  PIs and postdocs alike are invited to share in the festivities and celebrate the contributions postdocs make to the success of Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute!  Leave your pipette behind a little early and join them!


Florida State University is hosting its 3rd annual postdoc symposium. The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) is co-hosting this event. Additionally, postdocs from the Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU) are being invited to join the event.


For detailed information please see the flier.


In celebration of NPAW, attend the 3rd Annual Florida State University Postdoc Symposium on Friday September 25, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The symposium will be at the FSU College of Medicine - Auditorium and Atrium

1115 West Call Street.


The schedule for the symposium:


Introduction and welcome

12:30 p.m.

Nancy Marcus, Ph.D., dean of The Graduate School; Thierry Dubroca, Ph.D., PDA symposium chair and organizer

Keynote address: You can’t get there from here, and other myths of academic leadership

12:40 p.m.

Mark Q. Martindale, Ph.D., director of the Whitney Laboratory, University of Florida

Workshop: Leading to create change: process and practice

1:25 p.m.

Amber Hampton and Laura Osteen, Ph.D., Center for Leadership & Social Change, Florida State University

Poster sessions

3:00 p.m.

Reception and bar (compliments of The Office of the President)

5:00 p.m.

Poster Awards

5:30 p.m.

Best poster in three categories (life science, physical science, and interdisciplinary). VISA gift cards and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs travel awards. Debra Ann Fadool, Ph.D., director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

The Moffitt Cancer Center PDA is sponsoring two events during NPAW 2015.  First, an afternoon coffee break open to all Moffitt postdocs will take place on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Stabile Research Building at the Moffitt Cancer Center. During the event postdocs will be treated to cake and coffee and have an opportunity to learn about the MPDA from members of the governing council. Attendees will also be made aware of upcoming events including the 2016 Junior Scientist Retreat. The second event will be a happy hour at Toast Wine Bar and Café near the Cancer Center on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 starting at 5:30 p.m. Wine, beer and appetizers will be served. This is an opportunity for postdocs to socialize in a relaxed atmosphere. 

The University of South Florida (USF) is having the following event this week:


Postdoc Appreciation Lunch

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Graduate Student Lounge

Come enjoy lunch and learn about USFs PDA, their events this year and what their office can do for you!

The University of Georgia (UGA) Office of Postdoc Affairs, with the help of UGA’s PDA Board will be holding the following events:


Postdoc Appreciation Competitive Travel Grant

The Office of Postdoc Affairs encourages mentors to do something special for their postdoc during the week of September 21-25, 2015 and submit a photo and summary of the special deed. The UGA PDA will vote on the submissions. Up to two domestic travel awards* for FY16 toward a conference will be awarded to both the mentor and postdoc whose submission(s) receive the most votes.


Postdoc Appreciation Lunch and PhD Movie 2 Screening

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Coverdell Auditorium


Emory Office of Postdoctoral Education will be celebrating 2015 NPAW with the following events:


The postdoc associations in metro Atlanta - Emory University, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, and Morehouse School of Medicine - joined forces to form the Metro Atlanta Postdocs (MAP) alliance. The purpose of MAP is to coordinate the planning, organization, and execution of the Atlanta postdoc festival, an event to celebrate and conclude the 2015 NPAW, for the postdoctoral community in Atlanta.


The festival will be hosted by Georgia State University on Friday, September 25, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. You can learn more about the festival by visiting

Georgia Tech’s Office of Postdoctoral Services will be hosting a series of events in honor of NPAW!

Postdoc Breakfast & Social Hour
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Office of Postdoctoral Services is pleased to invite postdocs to a breakfast & social hour in honor of NPAW!  Please sign up here so that they can be sure to order enough breakfast burritos & coffee.


Job Searching: The Importance of Starting NOW!
Monday, September 21, 2015

To find a non-academic job after your postdoc, you need to be investing in yourself, exploring career options, and building your network.  Join them to learn how.


Visual Design - Postdoc Communications Workshop
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Learn to use principles of visual design to make effective posters and PowerPoint presentations in order to better communicate your research to a wide range of viewers.


Finding Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities
Thursday, September 24, 2015

This session is an introduction to searching for organizations and programs that provide salary and research funding to postdocs.


2nd Annual GT Postdoctoral Research Symposium
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Organized Postdocs@Tech, the postdoc research symposium will feature talks, posters, and a reception. Submit your abstract now!


For NPAW, Argonne National Laboratory will be holding the following events:

Friday, September 11, 2015: Open forum with the laboratory director (the lab director is essentially our organization’s president or CEO).


Tuesday, September 22, 2015: Postdoc skills seminar - Networking at a Social Event: The Keys to Working a Room

Champaign  The Postdoctoral Affairs Office at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host an appreciation reception for campus postdocs on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.

At Northwestern University, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and The Graduate School will be hosting events for Northwestern postdocs in recognition of NPAW. There will be an evening reception that takes place on Tuesday, September 3, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the Harris Atrium on the Chicago campus.

NPAW events for the University of Chicago:

Annual Postdoc Picnic: Friday, August 28, 2015, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Celebrate the summer and enjoy an afternoon BBQ on Crerar Library lawn! (Rain location KCBD lobby). The Biological Sciences Division (BSD) PDA is again extending an invitation to all university postdocs with the support of the Office of the Provost in addition to the BSD Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.


Annual BSD Postdoc Appreciation Social: Monday, September 21, 2015, 3:30 p.m., Biological Sciences Learning Center Lobby

Taiwanese Shaved Ice and Toppings!


Postdoc Night at UChicago Athletics: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Free admission to the Ratner Athletic Center from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Henry Crown Fieldhouse from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. for all postdocs. Come and check out the athletics facilities and try out the equipment. If you’re interested in getting a gym membership, don’t forget that postdocs also get a special reduced membership rate!


“Are You Competent?  Implementing the NPA Core Competencies into Your Postdoctoral Training”

A discussion with Garth A. Fowler, Ph.D., associate executive director, Education and director, Office of Graduate and Postgraduate Education at the American Psychological Association on what the NPA Core Competencies are and how to use them to enhance your postdoctoral experience and career outcomes. Friday, September 25, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. in BSLC 205

    Academic Affairs and the Office of Mentoring Programs at Rush University will celebrate NPAW with a talk by Patrick Flavin and Eric Alvarez about MATTER: a community of healthcare entrepreneurs and industry leaders working together in a shared space to individually and collectively fuel the future of healthcare innovation. They will host a pizza lunch and give out copies of the book: Crucial Conversations to all postdocs participants.
  North Chicago
In celebration of NPAW 2015 and the hard work and accomplishments of their postdocs, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science will be hosting a coffee hour on Friday September 25, 2015. Postdocs will also be invited to participate in a group photo and have individual professional portrait photos taken.

At Northwestern University, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and The Graduate School will be hosting events for Northwestern postdocs in recognition of NPAW. The annual postdoc appreciation picnic will take place on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. on Deering Meadow on the Evanston campus. There will be a series of brown bag seminars throughout the week covering negotiation strategies, navigating private foundation funding ppportunities, and job search toolkit. Finally, the Northwestern University postdoctoral forum (NUPF) will be hosting the third annual NUPF research symposium: Sharing Knowledge, Driving Innovation on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the Norris University Center, Evanston campus. Postdocs and their guests, as well as faculty members and administrators working in the humanities, social sciences, natural and physical sciences, biomedical sciences, engineering, mathematics, communications, education and social policy,  management, law, and civic engagement will be in attendance. 
Indiana Indianapolis

Indiana University School of Medicine will be hosting several events in honor of NPAW:


IUSM Postdoc Association Open House with Pizza Lunch

Monday, September 21, 2015

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Glick 103

Learn more about the IUSM PDA and what they have accomplished in their inaugural year!


Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in R3 Atrium

Take a break and join us for some ice cream and frozen treats, while enjoying good company.


Coffee and Donuts

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in R3 Atrium

A great way to start the day with coffee and donuts with your fellow postdocs.


Postdoc Live! Seminar

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in R4 101

Postdoc Live! highlights postdoctoral research at the IUSM. A monthly program of postdoc presentations, followed by constructive feedback from the audience including faculty and other postdocs.


Postdoc Picnic

Thursday, September 24, 2015

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at The SkyFarm at Eskenazi Health

Join us on top of the SkyFarm, for a lunchtime picnic and networking with your fellow postdocs.


Postdoc & Faculty Mentor Appreciation Reception

Friday, September 25, 2015

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in MS Atrium

To thank postdocs and postdoc faculty mentors for their efforts, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs invites IUSM postdocs, their PIs, faculty, graduate students and administrators to the Postdoc & Faculty Mentor Appreciation Reception on Friday, September 25th.  At the reception, the first annual Outstanding Postdoc and Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Awards - designed to recognize and honor the achievements of both IUSM postdocs and IUSM faculty mentors – will be presented!


IUSM Postdoc Symposium

Friday, October 9, 2015

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Van Nuys Medical Science Building (MS)

Organized by the IUSM PDA, the 2015 IUSM Postdoc Symposium will feature posters, talks and a reception!


All postdocs (both from IUSM and other institutions) are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations. (Note: the deadline has passed for submitting abstracts for oral presentations.)  Students, faculty, and staff are invited to register to attend this FREE symposium.

  Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars will be hosting the following NPAW 2015 events:


Monday, September 21, 2015

Cookies & Coffee


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Managing Resources: Funding, Budgets and People


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Community Service Project - Blood Drive


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Chair Massages

Ice Cream Social - including drawing for ND football tickets

Iowa Ames

The following events are being held at Iowa State University for NPAW:


Chocolate, Cupcakes, Coffee and Conversation: Monday, September 21, 2015

Postdoctoral Scholar Orientation: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Portrait Photoshoot: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Postdoc Professional Development Workshop: Saturday, September 26, 2015


Download this flier for full details.

  Iowa City

University of Iowa NPAW events:


Sponsored by the Graduate College's Office of Postdoctoral Scholars, the Carver College of Medicine Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and the UI Postdoctoral Association (UIPDA).


Presentation Pointers:  How to Engage Audiences Visually and Vocally

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

283 EMRB (Seebohm Conference Room)

In this workshop you will learn how to develop and deliver more engaging and professional looking presentations for classes, conferences, and more. You will be able to:

Utilize best practices in slide design to engage your audience and keep their attention

Use animations and image manipulation in PowerPoint to enhance your spoken words

Practice vocal projection, breathing, and movement techniques to enhance your presentation style

Identify ways to vocally and visually cue your audience about transitions and shifts in focus


Presented by: Lisa Kelly, associate director, Center for Teaching; Darren Hoffman, lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the Carver College of Medicine


UI Postdoc Appreciation Pizza Party

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

EMRB Atrium

Step away from your lab benches or offices. Put the journals down. Drop the data analyses for an hour or so. Tear yourself away from the computer screens. Plan to take a break and meet some of your postdoc colleagues from across campus. We invite ALL postdocs from across the UI campus to join us.


UI Postdoc Association – Postdoc Happy Hour

Thursday, September 24, 2015

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Mosley’s 525 S. Gilbert Street, Iowa City

Come out and meet postdocs from across campus. The UIPDA is providing FREE appetizers for postdocs and their guest!

Kansas Kansas City

The University of Kansas Medical Center is thrilled to join with the NPA and institutions across the country to celebrate NPAW. View the flyer here.

Appreciation Luncheon: Monday, September 21, 2015, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Hixson Atrium - Postdocs, mentors, and those who support postdoctoral scholarship at KUMC are invited to a casual luncheon to kick off a week of celebration. Enjoy lunch, visit with the postdoc community, and learn about various services at the campus service fair. Door prizes and an appearance by Baby Jay will add to the fun.

Ice Cream Social & Career Talk: Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Clendening Auditorium - A special career development session for postdocs. Refreshments will be provided and last year's professional profile photo booth feature will return!

Reception: Friday, September 25, 2015, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Beller Conference Center - Postdocs, mentors, those who support postdoctoral scholarship at KUMC are invited to a casual reception to honor and thank faculty mentors. Enjoy light refreshments and networking. More information can be found at the KUMC Postdoctoral Affairs website:
The University of Kansas PDA will hold its monthly luncheon meeting on Friday, September 25, 2015 in conjunction with the sixth annual NPAW.  Special guest will be Jim Tracy, KU’s vice chancellor for research.

The Kansas State University postdoctoral association (KPA) in coordination with the office of Vice President for Research will have week-long events to celebrate the 6th NPAW.

Monday, September 21, 2015: NPAW kick-off event at KSU

Mary Rezac, Ph.D., interim associate vice president for research and professor of chemical engineering, will introduce Beth Montelone, Ph.D., associate dean for research and professor of biology in the College of Arts & Sciences. Monteleone will speak about her vision for K-State postdocs and how they impact K-State's 2025 plan. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015: Postdoc appreciation luncheon

Administration, faculty, postdoctoral association mentors, and all postdocs are invited to attend this come-and-go luncheon to learn about the K-State postdoc association. Drinks and boxed sandwich lunches provided. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015: Professional development seminar

Three speakers will address helpful topics for researchers. Mary Lou Marino from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will give an introduction to The Funding Connection, and Mal Hoover and Gina Scott from the College of Veterinary Medicine will explain resources available to generate images for publication and using EndNote to manage references. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015: Postdoc career talk and Ice cream social; KAWSE informal gathering

A panel of postdocs will discuss the postdoc experience at K-State, the importance of mentoring, the benefits of networking and interdisciplinary collaborations, the importance of having a development plan, and finding a good postdoc position from U.S. citizen and non-citizen points of view. Ice cream will be provided.

Enjoy an informal gathering sponsored by the K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering, or KAWSE at the Manhattan Country Club

Friday, September 25, 2015: Professional development seminar

Nancy A. Monteiro-Riviere, Ph.D., university distinguished professor of anatomy and physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, will speak about the establishment and importance of nanotechnology at K-State.


Download the flier here.

Kentucky Louisville The University of Louisville Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is sponsoring a luncheon at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, September 21, 2015 to honor the contributions made by postdoctoral researcher throughout the university. Speakers will include Russell Salter, Ph.D., Andrew Bankston, Ph.D., and Bing Li, Ph.D.
Louisiana Baton Rouge
Pennington Biomedical Research Center is hosting a postdoc appreciation luncheon on Monday, September 21, 2015. All postdocs and mentors invited. Good food, slides show and brief speeches expressing appreciation by key administrators.
Maryland Baltimore

The Johns Hopkins PDA (JHPDA) invites all postdocs to celebrate NPAW, followed by Hopkins Postdoc Appreciation Week September - October 2.

Happy Hour with University of Maryland and Bayview-NIH postdocs

Thursday, September 17, 2015

6:00 p.m. onwards
Heavy Seas Alehouse

Drinks and food specials


“How to be a succesful writer”

Monday, September 21, 2015

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Rangos 490

Kim Skarpuski, associate dean of faculty development


Women in Science town hall meeting

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WBSB Auditorium

Chiquita Collins, vice dean of faculty diversity. Panelists: Janice
Clements, Martha Zeiger, Anika Alvanzo
. Incl. food and drinks


JHPDA Trivia night

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

6:00 p.m. onwards

Greenhouse cafe PCTB

Including food, drinks, and prizes


Visa Seminar

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

WBSB West Lecture hall

Co-organized by the OIS


Postdoc coffee break

Thursday, September 24, 2015

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

CRB II, Outside Owens Aud.

Free mug for first 50 attendees


Unleash the power of LinkedIn

Friday, September 25, 2015

1:00 p.m. onwards

PCTB G18/G19

Benefits Q&A Coffee break

Monday, September 28, 2015

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
MRB 181


"Help others while adding value to your own resume: Volunteer!"

Monday, September 28, 2015

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location TBA

Panel discussion and networking


Yoga dance party

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

MRB prefunction area


International movie night (Title TBA)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location TBA

Ice cream, popcorn, and beverages provided



Thursday, October 1, 2015

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Ross Courtyard

Rain date; Friday, October 2, 2015

Annual postdoc BBQ including free drinks, food, and giveaways!

    Events sponsored by the SOM Postdoctoral Advisory Committee and the Office of Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Maryland, Baltimore:


T-Shirt Design Contest

Show your postdoc pride! Submit your original design to Colin Brinkman ( by September 17, 2015 then cast your vote for the top design during NPAW!


Pre-NPAW Happy Hour!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Heavy Seas Brewery Alehouse, 1300 Bank St, Baltimore

Get the good times started early and come meet other postdocs from Johns Hopkins and the NIH for drinks!


Traveling Cookie and Coffee Hour

Bring your mentor and lab mates for FREE snacks and treats! Raffle tickets will be handed out to postdocs at each event, with winners being announced on Thursday at the social hour!


Monday, September 21, 2015

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

HSF II 2nd Floor Lounge


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m

108 N. Greene St., Room 102


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Biopark 2, Room 110


Social Hour!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Postdocs only!

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. All Welcome!

Bressler Research Building Room 1-008

Postdocs come enjoy the food, drink and company of your colleagues and friends! 

The American Physiological Society’s Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee sent all of their postdoctoral members an e-mail postcard of congratulations on behalf of the society.  
    The National Cancer Institute (NCI) CCR-FYI Steering Committee would like to invite postdocs and their families to celebrate NPAW with a picnic at Black Hill Regional Park, Shelter "G” this weekend on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.. Come join them for an afternoon of fun and social networking with your fellow postdocs! All are welcome! Please RSVP at the following link, and indicate the dish or dessert you will be bringing so that they can make sure we have enough for everyone! RSVP:
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will hold NPAW events on Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Kresge building atrium/cafeteria. Events include: Registration and coupon distribution, pin your city on a map, PDA president’s talk, Dean Grusby’s talk, announcement of mentor award, appreciation of outstanding PDA council members, announcement of 2015-2016 council members, free lunch with standing tables, distribution of goodies (exchange with coupon). Food and light refreshments provided.

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Faculty Development & Diversity will host a workshop session on crafting individual narratives to discuss the innovative potential of your research within and beyond academia. Refreshments will be served. This session will feature Jeffrey Karp, Ph.D., and Lina Williamson, D.V.M., Ph.D.


Why My Research is Cool: Translating Innovation Beyond Academia

Jeffrey Karp, Ph.D., is an associate professor at HMS/BWH, and is principal faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and affiliate faculty at MIT through the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. His work has been recognized by CNN, NPR Science Fridays, Boston Globe, ABC News, MSNBC, Fox News, CBC Quirks and Quarks, CanadaAM, BBC, LA TimesForbesNational GeographicPopular Science, the Washington Post, the New York Post, and by Wired Magazine. MIT’s Technology Review Magazine (TR35) also recognized Karp as being one of the top innovators in the world under the age of 35. Karp's lab bio.

Lina Williamson, D.V.M, Ph.D., has worked for Novartis Pharmaceuticals as part of a cross-divisional business development team responsible for feeding the NAH research therapeutics pipeline, as well as for Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research’s Strategic Alliances team, where she was responsible for leading the global scouting for innovation efforts from academic institutions, including academic incubators and startup companies. Her interest in cutting-edge technologies led her to join a biomedical engineering startup, Emulate Inc., from Harvard University, which focuses on the development of Organs-on-Chips. Williamson currently works with the Brigham Research Institute (BRI).

    Here is what Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has planned during NPAW:

Dana-Farber is kicking off the week with their 11th annual postdoc and fraduate student retreat on Friday, September 18, 2015 at Simmons College, Boston.  The keynote speaker is Rudolf Jaenisch, M.D., member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and professor of biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

They will have a panel discussion consisting of four individuals representing the fields of: consulting, data mining, policy, entrepreneurship/academia.  This session will be moderated by Lauren Celano, CEO, Propel Careers

Teaching careers specialist, Megan Mittelstadt, Ph.D., lecturer in genetics, Landry Cancer Biology Curriculum Fellow, and Charles Follen Folsom, teaching fellow, Harvard Medical School, will discuss getting prepared for a career in teaching.

In addition, they will have a poster session and oral presentations. To conclude the event, there will be an awards cocktail reception. Here, the deputy chief scientific officer, William Hahn, Ph.D., will give out awards to the best oral presenter and best poster presenter at the retreat. Raffle prizes will be handed out as well. All Dana-Farber postdocs and graduate students are encouraged to attend this free event.


Donut Monday
Monday, September 21, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Smith 347, Postdoc lounge

Start the week off sweet with donuts and coffee in the postdoc lounge!


Professional Photo Session
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
By appointment ONLY
Dana Building, DL150, Communications Studio

This FREE service by a professional freelance photographer will be offered as a door prize to the first 50 people in attendance at the 11th annual postdoc and graduate student retreat on Friday, September 18.


Ice Cream Social
Thursday, September 24, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Yawkey 306

This popular annual event will feature ice cream from JP Licks...and faculty ice cream scoopers!


NPAW event at Boston University:


Postdoc Appreciation Week: State of the Postdoc Address & Ice Cream Social

Monday, September 21, 2015
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
72 E. Concord Street
Hiebert Lounge / Talbot Green



Thursday, September 24, 2015
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
590 Commonwealth Avenue
SCI 109 / SCI Lounge

Come celebrate national postdoc appreciation week with the professional development & postdoctoral affairs team! Get a scoop while you get the scoop on postdoc affairs – learn about national issues affecting the postdoc workforce, the current state of postdoc affairs at BU, and what work we’re up to this year.


Talk by Sarah Hokanson, program director, Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs

    Boston Children’s Hospital is holding two NPAW events:


Networking 101: "How to Build Mutually Beneficial Relationships"

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

With Sarah Cardozo Duncan, founder and owner, Career Strategist


Make your own ice cream sundae

Thursday, September 24, 2015

With ice cream from J.P. licks!


The Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard is proud to once again be participating in the annual NPAW. This year, the Office of Academic Affairs and the NextGen Association for postdocs and grad students (NGA) have organized a series of events to say thank you to our dedicated community of trainees:

Postdoc/Grad Student Appreciation Social: Thursday, September 17, 2015, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Yellowstone Room (2nd Floor, 75 Ames St.)

All Broad-affiliated postdocs are invited to a special social in honor of NPAW. Dinner and drinks will be served. Feel free to invite your PI (but they’re only invited as your guest!).

Fourth Annual Trainee Appreciation Breakfast: Monday, September 21, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Yellowstone Room (2nd Floor, 75 Ames Street)

There will be hot breakfast (French toast, bacon, breakfast burritos, and oatmeal) and a raffle. Stop by when you have a chance to start your day!

NextGen Association for Postdocs & Grad Students (NGA) Open House and Lunch: Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Cascade Room (11th Floor, 75 Ames Street)

Broad’s postdoc association (NGA) chairs will be on hand to answer your questions about the association. Feel free to drop by, grab some lunch, and meet with your peers.

They want to thank you all for your hard work throughout the year to help Broad Institute succeed in its scientific mission!
    Planned at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT):

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, all postdocs and faculty members are invited to a postdoc appreciation luncheon hosted by the vice president for research, dean of the School of Engineering, and dean of the School of Science. The focus is bringing together faculty and postdocs, complete with a barbecue lunch and a jazz trio. The vice president for research and the president of the MIT PDA will briefly address the group.

Some departments are also hosting dinners and other gatherings this week.

  Woods Hole
In celebration of NPAW, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will host a community-wide picnic for the postdocs, postdoc sponsors/advisors, and their families from Woods Hole's six main scientific organizations (WHOI, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Sea Education Association, and the Woods Hole Research Center). They will also hold a special coffee hour and tour of the HOV Alvin, and a TGIF at the WHOI postdoc lounge.
Ann Arbor

Join the University of Michigan Medical School as they celebrate the hard work and dedication of U-M postdocs! Choose from these FREE events hosted by the Medical School Office of Research: (RSVP required - CLICK HERE)  


They are hosting a networking lunch on Monday, September 21, 2015.


Swipe Right If You're Interested in Epigenomics: Exploring New Epigenetic Technology

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
BSRB Seminar Rooms
Lunch Session 

Stay on the cutting edge of biomedical research with Claudia Lalancette, Ph.D., lab manager of the Epigenomics Core. Learn what each of the Core services can do for your research, including: sample and library preparation, DNA methylation, ChIP-Seq, hydroxymethylation, and more. 


This session is sponsored by the Biomedical Research Core Facilities and features FREE lunch.  


To Infinity and Beyond! How Postdocs Can Get Involved in Biomedical Commercialization 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kahn Auditorium, BSRB
Panel Session & Reception 

From biotech startups to industry licensing to seed funding and more, the commercialization landscape can be a challenge to navigate for even seasoned entrepreneur-researchers. Join the Fast Forward Medical Innovation team and a panel of guest experts for this session where you’ll learn more about how postdocs can get involved in the fast-paced world of the commercialization of biomedical research here on campus, and beyond!


With panel members:

    • Egon Ranghini, Ph.D., miLEAD
    • Stephanie Morley, D.V.M., Zomedica
    • Scott Phillips, M.B.A., CEO, SearchLite
    • Dan Rhodes, Ph.D., vice president, Thermo Fisher Scientific
    • Chris Fick, Ph.D., M.B.A., U-M Tech Transfer

This session is sponsored by Fast Forward Medical Innovation and features FREE cocktails & hors d'oeuvres following the panel discussion.


What's the Scoop? Strategies for Communicating About Your Lab with Colleagues and the Public 

Thursday, September 24, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Room G063, NCRC Building 10
Lunch Session 

When it comes to publishing in scholarly journals, you know the drill. But what about when you need to publicize breaking news or an event on campus? Or when your faculty director asks “should our lab have a Facebook page?” Join a panel of U-M marketing experts as they discuss communication strategies and the various channels and resources available at the University and for the wider public audience.


With panel members:

    • Ann Curtis, associate director of marketing, UMMS Office of Research
    • Kara GavinResearch & Policy Media Relations Manager, UMHS Department of Communications​
    • Molly Kleinman, publisher and OER manager, Learning Design and Publishing, UMMS Information Services

This session is sponsored by the Medical School Office of Research and features FREE lunch. Please note: Seating for this event is limited to 60 participants. RSVP today to reserve your spot!   


And these events from our colleagues across campus: 


Where to Find Funding Workshop

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Forum Hall, Palmer Commons
Coffee & Bagels

Registration for this event is required. Click here to register. This event is sponsored by the Life Sciences Institute PDA, the U-M PDA, and the Taubman Health Sciences Library


Postdoc Appreciation Picnic

Thursday, September 24, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Burns Park
Dinner & Games 

This is a great event that all postdocs and their families are invited to! Drop in any time; dinner will start around 5:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy the food and drinks, as well as fun outdoor games, provided by the Medical School Office of Postdoctoral Studies.   


Researchers in a Room Getting Coffee: Have You Met with MICHR Yet?

Friday, September 25, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Boardroom 1, Palmer Commons
Coffee & Bagels  

 The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) is here to enable and enhance clinical and translational research by educating, funding, connecting, and supporting U-M research teams. We have a variety of programs and services to help postdoctoral scholars. Stop by and talk to us about grant writing, fellowships, regulatory support, core services, finding collaborators, mentoring, pilot grants, or anything else. We’re here to help. 


Register for these FREE events here. For additional information about events being held across campus and the entire region for NPAW 2015, click here.


Questions? Contact Kierstin Fiscus in the Office of Postdoctoral Studies at or (734) 647-7005.

East Lansing

Michigan State University is celebrating National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week!


On behalf of The Graduate School and The Michigan State University postdoctoral association (MSU-PDA) we cordially invite all postdocs and research associates to the regional postdoctoral appreciation meeting & networking lunch on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. taking place at the Michigan State University Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. This event will be held jointly with the University of Michigan and Wayne State University (RSVP is required).

This year's event features morning workshop sessions focused on conflict management & communication, as well as resources for academic and non-academic job searches. Following the morning sessions, postdocs and research associates will attend a resource fair with multiple vendors from the Michigan State University campus, including representatives from the academic human resources, campus living services, recreational sports and fitness services, federal credit union, office for international scholars, life & wellness center, teaching assistant programs, professional development, family resource center and many others. In addition to a delicious three course lunch, postdocs and research associates from different departments across campus and from neighboring universities will have an opportunity to interact and network around topics of interest to the postdoctoral community.

MSU-PDA will also host free coffee social hours throughout the NPAW. 
  Grand Rapids

Van Andel Research Institute’s PDA is pleased to host the following events in honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week:

Postdoc Appreciation Breakfast

Monday, September 21, 2015

Postdoc Appreciation Celebration

Friday, September 2, 2015

4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

An evening of food and trivia to celebrate NPAW.

Minnesota Minneapolis
Here are the NPAW celebrations at the University of Minnesota:

Dine arounds

Monday, September 21, 2015

5:30 p.m.

RSVP at Seats are limited!



1. Annie's Parlor (Outreach): PDA president, InSciEd educational outreach representatives and executive director of the Minnesota Academy of Sciences

2. Kafe 421 (Advocacy): PDA policy liaison and NPA representative, PDA career development chair and CSE organizer of MN Academics United

3. Loring Pasta Bar (Mentorship): PDA new employee representative and faculty members



Postdoctoral Career Development Workshop

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mayo C231

This workshop is for early career researchers in any discipline wanting to be proactive about your job prospects, looking for practical ways to structure your progress - in academia or beyond.

Postdoctoral Appreciation Symposium

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (poster competition) (poster set up and registration starts at 8:30 a.m.)

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (networking)

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (program and awards)

Mississippi Hall, Coffman Union

Poster competition, award presentation and breakfast reception! Submit your abstract at to participate and be eligible for a $400 Career Development Award

Happy Hour

Thursday, September 24, 2015

4:15 p.m.

The Kitty Kat Klub

Ice Cream Social

Friday, September 25, 2015

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

SuperBlock grassy area (between 4 major dorms on East Bank, by hospital) block grassy area (between 4 major dorms on East Bank, by hospital). Rain location: 450 MCRB

NPAW events at the University of Missouri:

MUPA Monthly Writing Group

Monday, September 21, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Conley House

Join us as we host our first writing group session of the academic year.  Participants will engage in quiet writing in a comfortable environment free from distractions. Just bring your laptop, food, beverages, and anything else you need to be comfortable and productive. Registration is required.  Deadline has been extended to September 18. Space is limited to 10 people.


Postdoctoral Welcome Reception

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Jesse Hall Rotunda

Join us as we welcome new and returning postdoctoral researchers and fellows to campus. Appetizers and soft drinks will be provided.  Hosted by the MU Postdoctoral Association, the Office of Graduate Studies, and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. For more information, please see the attached flyer.


MUPA Social Hour

Friday, September 25, 2015

5:00 p.m.

The Heidelberg (410 S 9th St)

Come hang out with your fellow postdocs in a relaxed atmosphere. Free snacks will be provided.

St. Louis
To celebrate NPAW, all postdocs and their faculty advisors at Washington University in St. Louis are invited to join the annual postdoc-PI happy hour on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in the FLTC hearth. Snacks, cake, beer & wine will be served! Please register at
Nebraska  Lincoln  The Office of Postdoctoral Studies and the Postdoc Advisory Council at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will once again host their NPAW reception on Thursday, September 24, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Van Brunt Visitors Center. Postdocs, PIs, faculty, and administrators are invited to attend. A light meal and beverages will be served following a short recognition program.  
New Hampshire Hanover

Dartmouth has its annual postdoc appreciation reception as well as some low-key events that the postdocs are planning themselves this year.

Postdoc Potluck PicnicMonday, September 21, 2015

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

On the north end of the Dartmouth Green

Bring food to share and your own plate/utensils)


Postdoc Reception at DCAL

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Near east side on main floor of Baker Library

Come learn about DCAL & the DCPDA


Postdoc Fun Run

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Through Pine Park, meet on the steps of Rauner Library


Postdoc Crafternoon

Thursday, September 24, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

In the 4th floor of Fairchild Tower (building that connects the Fairchild physical sciences center)

Knit, crochet, etc.


Postdoc Drinks

Friday, September 25, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Salt Hill Pub

Buy your own

New Jersey Piscataway

7th Annual National Postdoc Appreciation Day Symposium
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), Life Sciences Building, Busch Campus

Join the 7th annual postdoc appreciation day symposium hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson/Rutgers PDA. The symposium highlights postdoctoral achievement and career development. This event is completely organized and run by postdocs and the theme for this year’s symposium is “Scientific Communication.” As postdocs prepare for the next step in their careers in research, policy, teaching, and business, it will be critical to explain the positive impact of scientific research on society and global health.

The symposium is one of the largest postdoctoral appreciation events in the country and draws students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty attendees from Rutgers and many other large universities in the NY-NJ-PA tri-state area.  The population of attendees is incredibly diverse with a significant portion of individuals from minority groups and many international scholars.

This year, they are extremely honored to announce their keynote speaker Keith Micoli, Ph.D., Director of the Postdoctoral Office, NYU. They will also feature a guest seminar with Barbara Houtz, STEM Education Solutions.

There will be a poster session, oral presentations by postdocs, lunch, refreshments, and networking opportunities. There will be cash prizes for the best posters.

Registration is FREE! For registration & information on abstract submission go here:

New Mexico    
New York
The Association of Postdoctoral Scientists at Roswell Park Cancer Institute is having a postdoctoral symposium on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. The all-day symposium features talks from postdoctoral scientists, poster session, seminars on programs for postdocs such as grant writing workshops and teaching opportunities, as well as a keynote address from invited speaker Dr. Simon Watkins (University of Pittsburgh).

Cornell University is excited to celebrate NPAW with the following events:

Job Search Discussion Group 

Monday September 21, 2015

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

G01 Biotech

Are you a postdoc or graduate student going on the job market? Come join a lunch discussion with others in the same boat, facilitated by the Office of Postdoctoral Studies and CU-CIRTL. As part of NPAW events, they're gathering a community of peers to help find advice, support, and feedback. Lunch served! Registration required:


The Three Law of Communications

Wednesday September 23, 2015

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

G10 Biotech

Speaker: Jean-luc Doumont, Ph.D.

Useful as each of them can be, a large body of tips and tricks is impossible to remember, at least in a practical usable way, unless it is structured into a balanced, meaningful hierarchy. This talk proposes and illustrates three simple yet solid ideas that lead to more effective communication and that underpin every other guideline: easy to remember, readily applicable, and always relevant—in short, valuable for the rest of your life.


Jean-luc Doumont is a highly sought after presenter who speaks at universities throughout the world and international conferences. He is an articulate, entertaining and thought-provoking presenter and has given hundreds of talks and workshops in English, French, Dutch and Spanish.  He understands scientists and understand how to teach them to become better communicators.

Doumont is an engineer by training and was educated at Louvain School of Engineering and received his Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University.


For more information,


Postdocs Pizza Party at the Big Red barn

Wednesday September 23, 2015

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Big Red barn

Come celebrate NPAW, meet other postdocs, their families and friends, and have some pizza, soft drinks and snacks.  Family and friends are welcome to attend.  This is a great time to meet and network with postdocs from other labs across campus.


Please e-mail  if you plan to attend.

  New York

For NPAW Columbia University is running a fun event on each of the three main campuses at Columbia:


Dessert Extravaganza

Monday, September 21, 2015

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Mudd Building, Room 520, Morningside

Join us for a special dessert extravaganza with treats like cakes, pies, brownies and cookies! Come enjoy some sugary goodness and meet and mingle with your fellow postdocs. This event is being co-organized with the Engineering School’s Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs


Lamont Postdoc Appreciation Lunch

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

209 Monell Bldg,Lamont

Join us for a special catered postdoc appreciation lunch. Enjoy the free lunch and hear about the programs and services provided by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). OPA would like to use this lunch as a sounding board to hear from Lamont-based postdocs on ways OPA can best support them, so if you are a Lamont-based postdoc, do try to stop by and join the discussion.


Postdoc Happy Hour

Friday, September 25, 2015

5:30 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.

Russ Berrie Medical Pavilion, Room 1 (Saint Nicholas Ave at W. 168th st), CUMC It’s that time again! Come hang out with some of your fellow postdocs and enjoy a few beers, glasses of wine, and snacks… on OPA! *Non-alcoholic drinks will also be provided. All postdocs are welcome to attend the happy hour, regardless of their campus affiliation.


The University of Rochester Medical Center will host the following NPAW events:

Monday, September 21, 2015: Coffee hour meet & greet with the Office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (School of Medicine and Dentistry); Poster session & awards ceremony/happy hour

Tuesday, September 22, 2015:Coffee hour meet & greet with the Graduate Studies Office (School of Arts, Sciences and Engineering); "How to Prepare for a Behavioral Interview,” presented by Andrea Holland, executive communications consultant.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015: Transitioning Into Industry Live workshop via webinar, presented by Cheeky Scientist’s Isaiah Hankel

Thursday, September 24, 2015: CV Writing workshop, facilitated by the Center for Professional Development’s Life Sciences writing specialist Elaine Smolock, Ph.D. 
  Stony Brook
Learn about the latest discoveries at Stony Brook University (SBU) through these engaging short talks by postdoctoral scholars on their cutting-edge research.

SBU Postdoc Spotlight is a celebration of the research performed by Stony Brook's postdoctoral scholars. Spotlight talks will be eight minutes long and are designed like a TED talk to be accessible to specialists and non-specialists alike. The Postdoc Spotlight is a great opportunity to see some of the latest discoveries and exciting research taking place at Stony Brook.


The spotlight is Stony Brook's contribution to national postdoc appreciation celebrations held across the United States during the month of September.


Location: Wang Center Theater

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.


This is event is free and open to the public.

For more information:
North Carolina Chapel Hill

NPAW 2015 events for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:


Monday, September 21, 2015: Social Media Monday: Postdoc Scavenger Hunt


Tuesday, September 22, 2015: PDA Industry Symposium


Wednesday, September 23, 2015: Appreciate Your Postdoc Day

Faculty mentors do something special for your postdoc(s) and tweet your best picture @UNCPostdoc


PDA Happy Hour

TRU Deli & Wine Bar

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, September 24, 2015: How to Have a Renovation Conversation: Relationship Building

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

How to Feel as Bright and Capable as Everyone Thinks You Are

Toy Lounge, Dey Hall

Samantha Sutton, Ph.D.



Friday, September 25, 2015: Postdoc Appreciation Cookout-Free Lunch and Free Gift

12:00 p.m. –1 :00 p.m.

Fed Ex Global Education Center Patio, 301 Pittsboro Street

RSVP by September 21:


T-Shirt Sale: UNC Postdoc Association T-shirts – Got Research?

Order your t-shirt today!


On Friday, September 18, 2015 the East Carolina University PDA will celebrate NPAW by hosting the following events:


Mentoring the Next Generation of Biomedical Scientists

1:00 p.m.

Philip Clifford, Ph.D., associate dean for research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will provide faculty and early career researchers training on the importance of career planning for Ph.D. scientists.


Put your PhD to work: Planning for a successful career in science

3:00 p.m.

Philip Clifford, Ph.D., associate dean for research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will provide an interactive workshop to postdoctoral scholars on exploring career options and how to get started on your individual development plan (IDP).


Celebration Event

5:00 p.m.

Scholars, spouses, significant others and mentors are invited to the ECU postdoc appreciation event. Accomplishments from postdoctoral scholars will be highlighted along with a dinner buffer and networking opportunities.

This year to celebrate NPAW, the North Carolina State PDA organized a series of science talks at the Nature Resource Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. The series is being held in collaboration with postdocs from neighboring University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. These short, ten-minute talks are open to the public and a great opportunity for postdocs to share their research with interested minds in the communities. The schedule is as follows:


Monday, September 21, 2015

Thomas Lentz (NCSU): Protecting amphibians: researching viruses that threaten amphibians and learning how to identify & report a sick amphibian in NC


Caela O’Connel (NCSU): Sustainable banana farming: an anthropologist’s viewpoint


Eric Hastie (UNC): Gene therapy to help cure rare diseases


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Irene Liu (Duke): Post-mating competition and its evolutionary effects on species

Dustin Crouch (NCSU): Using computer models of muscles to make better prosthetic limbs

Ashley Alvarez (NCSU): Astronaut gardens: growing lettuce in space.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Daavid Vaananen (NCSU): Life of neutrinos, the journey of a neutrino from a far-away galaxy to Earth

Stephen Oehlers (Duke): Zebrafish model of tuberculosis


Friday, September 25, 2015

Muntazar Monsur (NCSU): Designing outdoor learning centers to incorporate STEM into early education

Jaime Mirowsky (UNC): Health effects from air pollution in NYC: walking over the George Washington Bridge

Finally, the NC State postdocs are hosting an international potluck to celebrate our international postdocs and as an opportunity to bring together postdocs from across campus.  
  Research Triangle Park

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is celebrating with the following events:


ALL WEEK:  Pick up FREE professional development BOOKS from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund in A239

Pick up “I my Trainee ____________” STICKERS in A239

Individual Laboratory & Branch Celebrations

Friday, September 18, 2015
Lab’s Choice

Submit photos of your individual celebrations!  Potential events might include lab lunch outings, BBQs, ice cream socials, etc.

FREE Pizza, 6th Annual Trivia Challenge & General Assembly Meeting
Monday, September 21, 2015

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Rodbell ABC

12:30 p.m.: FREE Pizza, General Assembly Meeting, Announcement of 2015 Fellow of the Year Nominees

1:10 p.m.: Group Photo

1:30 p.m.: 6th Annual Trivia Challenge


Speakers:Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., AT.S., Samantha Hoopes, Ph.D., Kelly Lenox, M.F.A., Tammy R.L. Collins, Ph.D.


New Fellows' Orientation with the Office of Fellows' Career Development
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Speakers: Tammy R. L. Collins, Ph.D., Erin Knight, M.S.L.S.


Leveraging LinkedIn for Expertise Development & Career Opportunities
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.: Introductory Session

3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.: In-Depth Hands-on Experience [Bring Your Laptop]
Rodbell B

Speaker: William Blackmon, Apogee Social Media Group


NCI’s Preparing for Private Sector Careers in Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Industries
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

3:00 p.m.


Speaker: John Bishop III, Ph.D., FDA


2015-2016 Brown Bag Professional Development Lunch Kickoff:  TWO OPTIONS = Academic Positions OR Biotech Industry

Thursday, September 24, 2015

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Academic Positions: D450  |  Biotech Industry:  E45

Sponsor & host:  NTA Steering Committee,Kiri Hoff, Ph.D. & Geoff Feld, Ph.D.
Guests: Academic Positions: Paul Wade, Ph.D. (NIEHS) & Michael Boyce, Ph.D. (Duke); Biotech Industry: Brante Sampey, Ph.D. (Metabolon)  & Joseph Watts, Ph.D. (Syngenta)


Happy Hour
Thursday, September 24, 2015

6:00 p.m.

Fullsteam Brewery, 726 Riggsbee Ave., Durham, NC


International Potluck Celebration
Friday, September 25, 2015

2:00 p.m.

NIEHS cafeteria

Bring a cultural dish to share!  Family & Friends welcome!

North Dakota     
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati, will sponsor a ScienceCareers symposium. They have invited 17 guests to describe their careers in areas such as education, scientific writing, regulatory affairs, core facility management, and biotech research and development. They have also invited keynote speaker, Matthew Fenton, Ph.D., director of the Division of Extramural Activities at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to speak about "Career and Training Opportunities at the NIH" and "Setting Career Expectations." Finally, they will also organize career development workshops to discuss IDP and CV/resume writing and review.  Details can be found in the "Events" section of their website.


The Postdoctoral Advisory Council at The Ohio State University is hosting a photoshoot event during NPAW! They will be sponsoring walk-in portraits at Prior Hall from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. RSVP is required to ensure that you get a spot and a free digital copy of your portrait for professional use.


Ohio State postdocs were invited to attend a happy hour on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at Mad Mex (1542 N. High St.) from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., organized by the OSU PDA. Also, a professional development event will be offered on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 on “Leadership and Talent Management” given by prof. Lawrence Inks of the Fisher College of Business, in BRT Rm 105 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Oklahoma Oklahoma City

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) will host two events to celebrate 2015 NPAW.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - The 2015 postdoc awards luncheon will recognize the hard work and dedication of two of its postdocs by announcing the winners of the 2015 Paul W. Kincade Outstanding Grantsmanship Award and the 2015 Charles T. Esmon Outstanding Publication Award. These two awards are sponsored by the OMRF postdoc association. All OMRF trainees and their labs are encouraged to attend the luncheon.

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - The OMRF PDA, and EMD Millipore, are sponsoring a happy hour4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., outdoors in the OMRF courtyard. Food and drinks, kindly sponsored by EMD Millipore's generous support, will include food and drinks for OMRF postdocs, students, and lab personnel. Alcoholic beverages will include selections from local brewing company, Anthem Brewery.
Also, throughout the week, OMRF Human Resources department will be giving away free gas cards to randomly selected postdocs in  recognition of their hard work and dedication to research!

Any questions regarding OMRF PDA events can be directed to: or

    The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in the Graduate College at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is hosting a reception to honor our postdoctoral fellows and their mentors. The reception takes place on Friday, September 25, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., in LIB 258.
Oregon Corvallis

At Oregon State University (OSU), they celebrate NPAW week in October when the term is in full swing again.


The OSU NPAW week, held during the week from October 15-20, will include a number of events including the 4th Annual Postdoc Research Symposium and vendor show, a keynote by Distinguished Professor Douglas Keszler, Ph.D., associate dean for Graduate Studies & Research, OSU Dept. of Chemistry, a fall bowling social, and peers and beers.


NPAW Keynote Lecture “Is your goal this way or that way?”

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Memorial Union Multipurpose Room 13

By professor Douglas Keszler, associate dean for Graduate Studies & Research, OSU Department of Chemistry


4th Annual Postdoc Research Symposium and Vendor Show

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

MU Horizon Room 49

Opening Remarks: Cynthia Sagers, Ph.D., vice president for research, OSU.


Peers & Beers

Thursday, October 15, 2015

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Handle Bar at American Dream Pizza


Fall Bowling Social

Thursday, October 15, 2015

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

MU Basement

Free Pizza

Be sure to attend these NPAW events at Oregon Health and Science University:

Monday, September 21, 2015: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Open House, Baird Hall 1027, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Start off your week with an infusion of caffeine, carbs, and gratitude. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs invites you to drop by for an open house, complimentary coffee, and light breakfast. Stay a while for a chance to win some great prizes.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015: Insight to Industry – Preparing for Professional Careers, Collaborative Life Sciences Building, Learning Studio 1S040, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Are you planning a career in industry? Join Randall Ribaudo, Ph.D., from SciPhD as he discusses the 24 operational competencies identified by industry as critical for being competitive and successful. In addition to the workshop, participants will receive free access to online tutorials and self-assessment tools. Seating is limited. Light breakfast and lunch provided.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015: RIPSS Postdoctoral Association Kickoff Meeting, Vollum Institute Seminar Room M1441, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join the Research in Progress Seminar Series (RIPSS) and the OHSU postdoctoral association for the kickoff of their 2015-2016 season. Find out how you can get involved in the postdoctoral community. Special guest speaker, Owen McCarty, Ph.D., chair of the SOM Biomedical Engineering department, will speak about his research, and about how to give a great research talk. Lunch provided.

Preparing Your Academic Job Search Package, Marquam Hill, Mackenzie Hall Classroom 2201, 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The academic job search season is upon us! The application package for an academic faculty position differs greatly from non-academic job applications.  In this workshop, we will present information on how to plan your academic job search and how to prepare the various components of an application package. A faculty panel will discuss the interview process and answer your questions.

Friday, September 25, 2015: Preparing Your Academic Job Search Package – West Campus, ONPRC Administration Building Conference (ABC) Room, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

The academic job search season is upon us! The application package for an academic faculty position differs greatly from non-academic job applications.  In this workshop, we will present information on how to plan your academic job search and how to prepare the various components of an application package. A faculty panel will discuss the interview process and answer your questions.

Postdoctoral Appreciation Luncheon – West Campus, ONPRC Administration Building Conference (ABC) Room, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Join the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and your fellow ONPRC and VGTI postdocs for an appreciation lunch served in your honor.

National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week Finale Happy Hour, Scout Beer Garden, The Gantry at Zidell Yards, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., 3201 SW Moody Ave (between the Tram Tower and Emery Apartments)

Celebrate the end of NPAW as only Portland can – at a beer garden within a food cart pod. Share a pint and a game of cornhole with your fellow postdocs and the OHSU postdoctoral association. Cash and cards accepted.

Pennsylvania Philadelphia

On September 14 to 18, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Institute and University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) will celebrate NPAW, recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of postdocs to the scientific community. A week of special events, including guest speakers, free giveaways, and receptions are planned.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - SciPhD co-founders, Randall Ribaudo, Ph.D., and Larry Petcovic, M.S., will lead a half-day training workshop entitled “Preparing for Careers in Industry” from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at CHOP. The workshop will introduce fellows to 24 business competencies valued in industry and relate them to industry job ads and descriptions. An ice cream social will follow later in the afternoon, beginning at 3:00 p.m.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - Philip Clifford, Ph.D., associate dean for research in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will present “Put Your PhD to Work: Planning for a Successful Career in Science” at 12:00 p.m. At this interactive workshop, you will learn a logical, step-by-step process for exploring your career options and deciding which will provide the best fit for your own set of skills, interests, and values. By the end of the session, you will set specific goals for taking charge of your career.


Thursday, September 17, 2015 Mary Mitchell will be on hand at 10:30 a.m. presenting, “Interviews: Formal and Social - Making the Most of Every Opportunity.” Her workshop will focus on tips and tricks to help you successfully navigate informal and formal interviews. Later that afternoon, the entire community is invited to the CHOP/UPenn family barbeque, taking place in the Colket Translational Research Building Lobby


Friday, September 18, 2015 Mallory Fix of Language ConnectED will provide non-native English speakers with tips to engage in effective and comfortable conversations with other scientific professionals. Her presentation “Strategically Speaking: Building Fluency for Confident Communication - A Preview,” begins at 9:00 a.m. A closing reception and happy hour will follow the presentation at 3:00 p.m.


For more information, please visit this page.

    There will be a postdoc ice cream social featuring Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in 469 JAH at Thomas Jefferson University.
Rhode Island Providence
Brown University will be holding their annual Postdoctoberfest event on Friday, October 2.
South Carolina Charleston

Greetings to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) postdocs!


Please join your fellow postdocs Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. for an informal ice cream social on the lawn between Colbert Library and the Basic Science Building. FREE ice cream and snacks will be provided and a FREE NPAW t-shirt and water bottle will be given to the first 40 postdocs to swing by.


Your local MUSC PDA also is pleased to announce a special presentation by invited speaker and employment researcher Bob Ross, entitled: Job Boards and the Hiring Manager: What You Dont Know Can Hurt You


Transitioning from the academic to the non-academic workplace is a challenging proposition in and of itself. However, many job seekers will unwittingly put themselves at a competitive disadvantage by committing two critical errors:  overestimating the effectiveness of job boards, and underestimating the importance of connecting with the hiring manager in organizations of interest.


From an outside-looking-in business perspective that revolves around 40+ years of experience in corporate recruiting and organizational development, Ross will present innovative, down-to-earth strategies and insights on how to strengthen and expand the job search, and thereby improve the odds of success.


Rosss presentation will take place in BSB202, Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., with questions to follow. Light refreshments will be provided.


Please join them for this exciting and highly relevant discussion! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.


NPAW events at Clemson University:


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

6:00 p.m.

Come socialize and bowl with other postdocs! They will meet at the bowling lanes in the University Union across from Harcombe dining hall at 6:00 p.m. Bowling will be at your own expense ($1/game, $1 to rent shoes). The underground recreation center also has arcade games, billiards, and table tennis which are listed as free on their web site. Hope to see you there!


Also the Clemson University PDA (CUPDA) will be hosting a buffet dinner and faculty panel at the Madren Conference Center (230 Madren Center Drive,
Clemson, SC 29634), Meeting Rooms 1 & 2
. This will take place on Friday, September 25, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
South Dakota     
Tennessee Memphis

To express appreciation for The University of Tennessee Health Science Center's (UTHSC) postdocs, the postdoc association (PhDA) has arranged a week full of events in celebration! Please join them for the following events:


Monday, September 21, 2015: Postdoc Meet & Eat Potluck/Announcement of 2015-2016 Officers
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Physiology Annex (2nd floor Nash); please follow the signs

Refreshments: $25.00 prizes for best dishes in the following categories:

  • Pasta/rice
  • Seafood
  • Meat
  • Vegetarian
  • Dessert

Tuesday, September 22, 2015: Molecular Resource Center Tour & Snacks
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cancer Research Building (CRB); Meet in the lobby (1st floor)

Tour Guide: Dr. Tiffany Seagroves
Refreshments: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CRB Lobby; brownies and beverages


Wednesday, September 23, 2015: Imaging Center Tour & Snacks
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Link Building; Meet in 2nd floor lobby; please follow the signs

Tour Guide: Dr. William Armstrong
Refreshments: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Link 5th floor conference room; chips, vegetables, dip, and beverages


Thursday, September 24, 2015: LinkedIn Presentation & Lunch
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Freeman Auditorium, Hamilton Eye Institute

Professional Pictures taken by Communications & Marketing
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
920 Madison, #810
Note: the pictures are for postdocs only; please bring your ID with you


Friday, September 25, 2015: Flow Cytometry Facility Tour & Ice Cream Social
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Molecular Science Building (MIB Building); Meet in the lobby (1st floor)

Tour Guide: Dr. Tony Marion
Refreshments: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.; 2nd floor conference room; ice cream, cookies, and beverages


Saturday, September 26, 2015: Shelby Farms Family Picnic Potluck
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Shelby Farms picnic area #5, on Beaver Lake Drive Cove; close to Beaver Lake


Refreshments: please bring your favorite dish to share, along with any games you would like to bring
NOTE: Anyone interested in carpooling to Shelby Farms from UTHSC, please contact Ajeeth Pingili at ( to arrange a ride.


See the flier here.


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will hold several event in association with 2015 NPAW:

The morning of Monday, September 21, 2015 they will greet the fellows with coffee & breakfast in the postdoc lounge.

The evening of Friday, September 25, 2015, they will host a dinner social to recognize the dedication, hard work and long hours our fellows put into their research and St. Jude's mission.

Finally, every fall they host a family picnic for their fellows, their family and significant others at a local venue in association with the appreciation week. This year the picnic will be at the Memphis Zoo on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

  Oak Ridge

To mark this special week, the Oak Ridge PDA is arranging a series of events:


Monday, September 21, 2015

Tour of the Bioscience Greenhouse

Led by Lee Gunter and Kaitlin Palla


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Panel Discussion, “Making the transition from postdoc to permanent staff

Led by recent postdoc-to-staff transition members

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Potluck Lunch for postdocs

Bowling in the evening.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Mentor Appreciation Day

Join us for drinks at the Casual Pint after work.


Friday, September 25, 2015

Ice cream social!! 

They will have ice cream from Razzelberry’s, served in the lobby of JICS (bldg. 5100)

The University of Texas at Austin will be offering a series of brown bag seminars all week long. Monday, September 21, 2015: “Creating a Teaching Portfolio” with Molly Hatcher, GSI coordinator, Center for Teaching and Learning


Tuesday, September 22, 2015: “Interviewing and Applying for Non-Academic Jobs” with Karen Landolt, lecturer, McCombs School of Business


Wednesday, September 23, 2015: Postdoc orientation and resource fair 


Thursday, September 24, 2015: “Career Transformation Workshop” with Karen Landolt, lecturer, McCombs School of Business


Friday, September 25, 2015:  “Open Access Publishing” with Colleen Lyon, scholarly communications librarian, UT Libraries

  College Station
The Texas A&M University Health Science Center has planned NPAW breakfast celebrations at each of our campus locations this week. 

To celebrate the postdoc community UT Southwestern Medical Center is hosting the following:


Monday, September 21, 2015

PDA General Meeting & Ice Cream Social


Tuesday, September 22, 2015 
Adventures at the Interface of Science, Biotech, and Science Policy

Sean Morrison, Ph.D.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Core Facilities Marathon

Come learn about the wide range of core facilities available to UTSW researchers. 


Thursday, September 24, 2015

“Breakfast with Champions”

              Networking event with UT Southwestern faculty


Friday, September 25, 2015

13th Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium

Nasher Sculpture Center

Keynote presentation by UTSW Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring Award recipient, Gaudenz Danuser, Ph.D.


The following events are part of University of Texas Medical Branch's observation of NPAW:


Postdoc to Faculty: Navigating the Passage

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Levin Hall 3.324

A panel of two recently-hired faculty, Haitao Hu, Ph.D., and Ricardo Rajsbaum, Ph.D., plus Ashok Chopra, Ph.D., a member of the School of Medicine Appointments, Promotions & Tenure (APT) committee and Tim Reistetter, Ph.D., a member of the School of Health Professions APT committee will share their experiences, representing both sides of the hiring process. The workshop with continue with a Q&A session. Lunch provided while it lasts.

Obtaining a Green Card:  Tips from Personal Experience

Thursday, September 24, 2015

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Levin Hall 3.324

Carla Kantara, Ph.D., a UTMB postdoc who recently secured her green card, will share tips, portions of her successful application and other info about her experience. Frank Garcia, JD, senior legal officer with UTMB’s International Affairs Office will also be on hand to answer questions. Lunch provided while it lasts.


Kebabs on the Plaza

Thursday, September 24, 2015

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Plaza in front of Moody Medical Library

Your chef, David Niesel, Ph.D., GSBS dean and UTMB chief research officer, invites postdocs and their families, faculty mentors and others who support the UTMB postdoc community, to join him on the plaza in front of the library. A festive event featuring dinner (meat and vegetarian options available) and drinks is planned, to recognize the many and substantial contributions postdocs make to the success of UTMB. The winner of the 2015 Postdoc Outstanding Service Award will be announced at the event.


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is hosting the following NPAW events:


Monday, September 21, 2015: Free breakfast with MDACC alumni

Onstead lobby, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Network and learn from former colleagues


Tuesday, September 22, 2015: Free headshots and social media day

1MC Rooms 6-8, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Learn how to manage your online presence (headshots limited to first 50 to register)


Wednesday, September 23, 2015: Appreciating postdocs at the Science Park

Smithville Campus



Thursday, September 24, 2015: Postdoc and mentor happy hour

Onstead lobby, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Network with your mentors and test your knowledge with a pub quiz


Friday, September 25, 2015: Family movie night

2SCR Rooms 1-3, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Pizza, popcorn and Big Hero 6!


NPAW events planned by the Baylor College of Medicine PDA:


Postdoc Coffee Hour Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Featuring a version of a postdoc survival guide



Postdoc Social Hour Thursday, September 24, 2015



Houston Methodist Research Institute is hosting the following NPAW events:


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Finding a Faculty Position

M. Beierlein, Ph.D., associate professor, UTHealth


Monday, September 21 – Friday September 25, 2015

Hosting students from The Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education for a week of International Training. The Methodist Academy of Postdoctoral and Trainee Association is coordinating events to foster the creativity and education of future scientists for training in Nanomedicine and Cancer research. Events include journal club, presentations, tours, and observation of experimental procedures.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Coffee and Breakfast Taco Social

Networking event for postdocs


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ice cream and Dessert Social

Networking event for postdocs

    The Texas Children's Hospital PDA is holding an ice cream social and research resources fair on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 for NPAW from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Feigin Center conference room A. Clinical fellows, postdoctoral trainees and graduate students are encouraged to attend! 

San Antonio

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) is hosting the 3rd annual San Antonio postdoc research forum (SAPRF) with keynote speaker, Joseph R Haywood, Ph.D., poster sessions and presentations, prizes and networking reception on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, UP will host the 3rd annual San Antonio postdoctoral research forum. This is the second time the event will feature a multi-institutional showcase of research from postdocs across all of San Antonio. Participating institutions include: UT Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA), U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR), Texas Biomedical Research Institute (TBRI), and UT San Antonio (UTSA). The distinguished lecture will be given by Joseph R Haywood, Ph.D., the immediate past president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, and professor and assistant vice president of Regulatory Affairs at Michigan State University. Dr. Haywood is set to give a dynamic talk titled, “Looking into the Crystal Ball: Sustain Discovery in Biomedical Sciences.” He will have open discussions with trainees and postdoctoral fellows at USAISR on Monday, September 14, 2015 and at UTHSCSA on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. The forum features postdoctoral research posters and two invited postdoctoral research talks with awards for the best posters, and closes with a networking reception for all attendees.
Vermont Burlington
The University of Vermont will hold a postdoc reception on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The reception will take place at Waterman Manor.
Virginia Reston

The Society of Toxicology (SOT) Postdoctoral Assembly (PDA) has a number of events to offer during NPAW:


Join the PDA-sponsored webinar, “Your Pathway to an Independent Academic Career: Tips and Good Practices for K99/R00s”  

Wednesday, September 23, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (11:00 a.m. Pacific)


Mark your calendars! The SOT Postdoctoral Assembly (PDA) is sponsoring a grant-writing webinar entitled, “Your Pathway to an Independent Academic Career: Tips and Good Practices for K99/R00s.


Many postdocs have their eyes set on academic careers. An early challenge they will face is applying for and receiving their first funded grant. Crafting a fundable research proposal is no small task for anyone and requires the use of clear, concise language that will guide the reviewer through the proposal and to an enthusiastic, positive outcome. Important tips will be discussed on how to write a successful, competitive grant, as well as a few common missteps that should be avoided. The goal of this webinar is to shed some light on grantsmanship issues for those junior investigators/postdoctoral scholars who are planning to write Pathway to Independence (PI) Award (K99/R00) applications.


Hosted by PDA secretary, Tongde Wu, and councilor, Karilyn Sant, the webinar speaker will give guidance on how to apply for the Pathway to Independence (PI) Award. The speaker will share his insight into the application process and offer advice for making a competitive application.


Speaker: Michael C. Humble, Ph.D., program administrator, Genes, Environment and Health Branch Division of Extramural Research and Training, NIEHS


Register for this free PDA webinar today! Q & A session will follow the speaker presentation.


Other highlights of the week include a blog series celebrating and reflecting on the postdoctoral experience. Articles will be published as SOT Communiqué blogs for all to enjoy.


Through these events, the PDA joins the NPA in focusing attention on the contributions and achievements of postdoctoral scholars. We hope that all SOT members will take time during NPAW to acknowledge the postdocs in your communities and institutions.


Virginia Tech is doing the following:


NPAW Kickoff event: Career Seminar and Lunch: The Science of Great Guest Experiences.

Friday, September 18, 2015

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Hear Ann Harvey Tanner, Ph.D., discuss her role as manager of guest experiences at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and learn more about careers for doctorates in education, outreach, and management.



Monday, September 21, 2015

4:00 p.m.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

In honor of the VTCRI postdocs


To celebrate, the CVM PDA is hosting a potluck BBQ on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Kruegel Park (Pioneer hill, Pullman). They'll have lawn games for anyone interested, so frisbees are encouraged and families are welcome. Come hang out for as long as you like. Transportation can be provided. RSVP appreciated but not required:

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will host a postdoc appreciation party with beer and pizza on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. There will be an address from the Fred Hutch director and president at 5:00 p.m.

Pan-Seattle Postdoc Gala
September 19th, 2015
Gasworks park
, shelter #2
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Join fellow postdocs and make new friends at the inaugural Pan-Seattle Postdoc Gala being organized by the University of Washington, Fred Hutch Cancer Center, Institute of Systems Biology, Benaroya Research Institute, the Center for Infectious Disease Research, and Seattle Children's Hospital to commemorate NPAW. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP at:

West Virginia     
Wisconsin Milwaukee

The following events will be held at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Blood Research Institute at the Blood Center of Wisconsin:


Monday, September 21, 2015
Free Doughnuts and T-Shirt give away
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
MCW: cafeteria fallway (MEB) or BRI: lunchroom area

They will be providing doughnuts, coffee, and a fun t-shirt. *Please wear t-shirt to networking social on September 25.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Ice cream Social, Build a sundae

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
MCW cafeteria

Come and have a treat….. you deserve it!


Friday, September 25, 2015
Postdoc retreat “Oh the places you will go!”

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The focus of this retreat is on career development and each speaker was selected based on his or her unique career choices. Lunch will be provided. RSVP now: contact Paris Eason at


Networking Social

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
MCW courtyard (MEB)

There will be beverages and appetizers. Take the time to make some connections. Because this is a casual event, please wear the 2015 postdoc t-shirt from the giveaway. They would like to take a group picture at the social.

Kingston, Ontario

The Office of Post-Doctoral Training at Queen’s University celebrates NPAW with two events:


On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., new and current postdocs are invited to an orientation session and lunch to learn more about Queen’s services and meet colleagues from all over campus.


On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., the Office of Post-Doctoral training invites postdocs and their faculty advisors to the postdoc appreciation reception at the University Club. Postdocs from all disciplines will present their work in pecha-kucha style presentations and the community will celebrate the many ways in which post-doctoral fellows contribute to Queen’s research.


More information can be found on the website of the Office of Post-Doctoral Training

  London, Ontario  NPAW schedule for Western University:


The PDA at Western (PAW) and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Western University have a week of social and career building events planned for NPAW 2015! The schedule with details is also available in calendar format.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. start

Team WesternPostdocs will be participating in the Terry Fox Run to raise money for cancer research. 


Monday, September 21, 2015

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

New postdoc orientation

Free lunch!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Individual faculty/institute event

Wednesday September 23, 2015

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Resume/CV building workshop

More free lunch


Wednesday September 23, 2015

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Annual soccer game

Thursday, September 24, 2015

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Wellness activity




Thursday, September 24, 2015

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Happy hour

Grad club

Free snacks


Friday, September 25, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Career workshop: "Begin with the end in mind – Planning for a successful career."

Phillip S. Clifford, Ph.D.


Friday, September 25, 2015

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Free lunch

Grad club

Friday, September 25, 2015

8:00 p.m. - zzzzzz

Pub crawl

  Hamilton, Ontario

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Research Training at McMaster University has planned a great week for McMaster postdocs. Find a list of events below!


Monday, September 21, 2015

The Academic Job Search

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Convocation Hall, 2nd Floor University Hall


So you think you want to be a professor. Great... but how do you actually get hired? The academic job search is a unique process, with its own rules and quirks. If you're thinking